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Thank Trump? Consumer Confidence Catapults to 13-Year High

Confidence among consumers catapulted to a 13-year high in December, posting a 105.5 Expectations reading of The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, the highest level since 107.4 in December 2003. The upshot builds on optimism expressed in November, with the...

Fast Forward: Keeping Ahead of the Technology Curve

Technology is shaping the future of real estate, and in today’s dynamic landscape, fully leveraging technology is critical to success—for brands, brokers and agents. Sir Arthur C. Clark, acclaimed science fiction writer and co-author of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” noted...

Homebuyers Scramble in Year-End Spree

Homebuyers are scrambling in a year-end spree to snap up inventory, with for-sale homes moving 5 percent faster than this time last year, according to a data preview from realtor.com®. “We saw evidence of a stronger-than-normal off-season in September and...

And the Worst Celebrity Neighbor of 2016 Is…

It is too late now to say sorry. Zillow has once again taken the glittering pulse of celebrity neighbor-dom in its annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey, ranking the high-profilers us “normies” wouldn’t mind occasionally borrowing a cup of sugar from. The...

Fixed Mortgage Rates Move Higher

Freddie Mac Thursday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving higher for the ninth consecutive week. Despite the recent jump in mortgage rates since the election, the annual average for the...

What Slowdown? Existing-Home Sales Rise in Unusual November

Existing-home sales increased 0.7 percent to 5.61 million in November, reports the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), up from 5.57 million in October—reversing the typical trend toward a slowdown at this time of year. The November numbers, up 15.4 percent...

Holiday Shoppers Get a Head Start This Year

The holidays are here, and along with seasonal festivities comes shopping—and lots of it. Each year, it seems we’re getting into the spirit earlier and earlier, hitting the stores before we’ve even sealed the envelopes on our holiday greetings. Just...

Mike Basile: The Right Markets, the Right Agents

In 1980, Mike Basile, broker/owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties, became the third agent in a three-agent startup firm, with the other two being owners. Over the next two years, the other two agents left the industry and Basile...

NAHREP Prepares for Bigger and Better Things in 2017 and Beyond

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) is preparing to close the books on another successful year. With the wind at its back, CEO and Co-Founder Gary Acosta is gearing up for a new year—one that’s full of...

Shop a Variety of Credit Union Loans

NAR PULSE— REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, offers great rates on loans for you and your agents’ business and personal needs. Loans are available for a variety of reasons, including commercial real estate loans...
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